"Dr. Van Scoy brings professional insight and a gentle manner to families coping with serious illness and death.  Her real-life stories are wake-up calls to all those who have yet to even begin thinking about making a plan for dignified end-of-life care.  Everybody over age 18 should have a completed advance directive.  Death is not an option, so it's up to each of us to plan for what we would want or not want, both for ourselves and our loved ones."